In honor of St. Louis' 250th birthday, DLS has added content to our ever growing St. Louis Circuit Court Records collection. Record books, permanent bound handwritten records of daily proceedings of circuit court civil and criminal cases, have been digitized and for some volumes, also transcribed. Page images are now available online, along with fully searchable text for the transcribed volumes. Books from 1809 through 1855 are up now, with more to come soon.
Digital Library Services is happy to announce the release of The Bizet Catalogue by Hugh Macdonald. The collection is primarily a list of Bizet's works, providing essential information about the history and content of each one. It gives information on manuscript and printed sources, on documentary materials relating to the composition, performance and publication of each work, and is intended to provide a full historical documentation of Bizet's work as composer and transcriber.
Unlike traditional thematic catalogues of composers published as books, this one is designed as a website, managed by the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis, and deposited at the university's Olin Library. Since all such catalogues can at best be provisional, it will be possible to make additions and revisions as new information is obtained. Readers are therefore invited to submit corrections and new information by going to Contact Us and following instructions. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. The website format allows us to include information (such as reviews of performances) which would normally be excluded. An iconography is also planned.
Last week I attended Digital Library Federation (DLF)'s Annual Forum at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. When I picked up my nametag I was pleased to see the "New Member" ribbon attached to it. Washington University in St. Louis recently joined the DLF last summer, making this the first time I've attended as a member. I was also there as a presenter as part of the Community Idea Exchange poster session. Joel Minor, Manuscripts Curator, and I created a poster on the James Merrill Digital Archive, detailing our collaborative work, the process of creating the archive, and what our next steps will be.
Aside from the poster session, where great ideas were on display, I attended many sessions throughout the three-day conference. Some of the highlights included presentations from UCLA and Stanford on their innovative projects in digitizing archival collections and the software they [developed?] to deliver for these projects. Staff from DPLA and Europeana presented on copyright issues in large digital collections. They have the arduous task of standardizing thousands and thousands of unique rights statements. Project management is always a good session topic at DLF, and this year was no exception. Delphine Khanna from Temple University talked about her approach and showed her project management spreadsheet, which generated a lot of envy and discussion on Twitter. Finally, UCLA, U of I, GSU, and University of Iowa presented on their public history projects, which was timely, as Wash U has been working steadily on our own public history project, Documenting Ferguson, over the past few months. As always, there was a valuable takeaway in every session.
Washington University’s membership in DLF will be a great way for us to continue to connect with this community, share practical ideas and strategies and develop collaborations. We have already written a blog post for DLF's Contribute blog, which you can read here.